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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Jacopo Magri of the Jedi High Council Chamber

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    This week's 10K Club member comes from Italy and has a mighty passion for Star Wars, and one place in the Star Wars universe in particular. Today we have the pleasure to introduce you to Jacopo Magri, better known as lojaco on LEGO Ideas, the fan designer behind the Jedi High Council Chamber. Read on to get to know more about this talented LEGO designer and why he felt the need to replicate the Jedi High Council Chamber in LEGO bricks!

    Help us congratulate Jacopo on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Serina, a small village near Bergamo, in the Northern part of Italy.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I’m 35 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I’m a mechanical engineer who leads the R&D Material department for an electrical engineering company.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      Besides LEGO bricks, I’m a saxophone and piano player, leading a small gospel choir of about 25 women. I also coordinate some youth groups organizing activities for children, theater performances, etc.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I started playing with LEGO when I was 5, mainly with the space sets of the 80s. Then I passed through trains and Technic. After several years of “inactivity”, I saw a 9493 X-Wing about four years ago and my passion revamped!

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      Undoubtedly the 10212 Imperial Shuttle - my favorite of all Star Wars spaceships. The reasons are mainly that it made me discover the world of the UCS series and, of course, it took me a while to find it and collect the money needed to buy it!

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      The corner plate 1x2x2. It always solves many issues - saving a lot of space.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      Jason Allemann definitely. Every creation is a source of amazement, especially from the standpoint of the sum of the aesthetic and the mechanical aspects.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      Usually TheBrickFan.com, because they collect a lot of information from other dedicated sites providing excellent inspiration and links.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      Each LEGO set inspired by movies, TV series or fictional characters, has the prerogative to revive situations and emotions that arise out of specific scenes, situations and dialogues. Personally, I have always been fascinated by this place, which I find is perhaps the wisest and most mystic of the entire Star Wars universe. That is why I tried to give it shape: to relive it. Even when watching it, those scenes are so intense!

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      Definitely the round room. I was enthusiastic about the partial solutions found in set 9526 Palpatine's Arrest. The similar circular sector had me thinking about a possible solution for the set that I had dreamed of - the Jedi High Council Chamber. The atmosphere of this place is unfortunately related to the full extension of 360°, and the completion of the round room required several studies that could guarantee the best "closure" with a perfect robustness of the model. With the last update I think I reached the desired result.

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      There were two main phases: a first realization that coincided with the upload on LEGO Ideas, and a second step of optimization of the joints and the number of pieces. In total, the project took approximately a year and a half.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      I was really impressed by the enthusiasm with which the project was welcomed and how it has been shared by people from all over the world. In particular, it was wonderful to see how the set that I made was also desired by many other “Bricks and Star Wars lovers”! I must confess that I never thought to achieve such a result in so few months!

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      With respect to the first version of my model, it was almost 1900 bricks. With the last update I reached 1500 bricks.

    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      The only advice I can give to those who decide to propose an idea, is to realize it in the most definitive way to how the creator would like, leaving nothing approximate. In this way, a potential supporter can become passionate about the idea of having a set identical to that seen in the pictures. If the starting point is already accurate, as demonstrated by the previous winning ideas, the LEGO designers will more easily be able to make the perfect LEGO set with additional solutions and tricks that will leave the same creator speechless!

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      I really like both of robenanne’s projects because of their realistic style. They are Old Fishing Store and Boat Repair Shop.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      Being a LEGO lover from an early age, I have often thought, "I'd love if LEGO would realize the set..." (not specifically the Jedi High Council Chamber, I mean generally), and each time this happened I felt an indescribable satisfaction! The last time it happened to me, was with the new 75059 UCS Sandcrawler

      Lego Ideas allows you to potentially realize an official LEGO set, and above all provides the opportunity to find out how the desired set can be shared more than you can imagine! In addition to this, there is a continuous element of surprise that makes you think "I never thought that with LEGO bricks you could achieve such a thing!". 

      I only have one tip: ask yourself if anybody out there wishes for this set just as much as you do!

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Koen Zwanenburg of the Gingerbread House

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    We're continuing our 10K Club member intervews in the run up to the next review results in the early fall and this week we have the pleasure to introduce you to Koen Zwanenburg, better known as Swan Dutchman on LEGO Ideas, the fan designer behind the delightfully colourful and detailed Gingerbread House. Koen shares plenty of insights about his project, his motivation for creating it and tells much more about his passion for LEGO. When building MOCs, Koen also thinks critically about a number of factors before submitting them to LEGO Ideas. Read on to get to know more about this talented LEGO designer!

    Help us congratulate Koen on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I live in the Netherlands.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I am 28 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am a food technologist.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I enjoy cooking, making music and building with LEGO.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I used to play with LEGO as a kid, especially the castle and pirate themes. At the age of 12, I lost interest until a couple of years ago. A few years ago, I had the idea of placing a big ship on top of my bookcase for display. That is when I purchased the Queen Anne’s Revenge set. I was very impressed with the quality and detail. It did not take long to discover that the diversity of LEGO parts has grown a lot since I was a boy. This got me back into building.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      A set from my childhood: 6086 Black Knight’s Castle. It is such a cool looking castle.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      There are many elements I favour, but the element I use in any MOC must be the plate. The plate is very versatile: it can be small and big, you can use it like ‘glue’ to put everything together and it can be used as a decorative part.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I really enjoy the builds made by ‘Kosbrick’. His MOCs are original, colorful and fun and the photographs themselves are awesome as well.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      Yes, I visit the blogs “BrickNerd” and “The Brothers Brick” daily to read and view about MOCs by other builders, and of course I am active on Eurobricks and the Dutch LEGO user group ‘Lowlug’.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I really enjoy the Christmas season and thus weeks before ideas popped up to make something Christmassy out of LEGO elements. Where I live, gingerbread houses are not very common at all. In fact, I have never seen a real one ever before! I actually got the idea from a comic Christmas special I read as a kid where Donald Duck surprised his nephews with a gingerbread house. This fascinated me so much that decades later I built my own version.

    ^ Go "backstage" with Koen, as he shows how this tasty Gingerbread House was built.

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      I wanted the LEGO gingerbread house to look like the real thing, meaning a lot of decorative candy and icing. That made the original design of the roof extremely complex. Later on, while the project was on LEGO Ideas, I decided to redesign the roof, which resulted in a much easier version that looked pretty much the same.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      I think it took me about a month to design, acquire all the parts I needed and to build it.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      It took a little more than a year to reach the 10,000 votes. I felt really surprised and excited at the same time. I consider it a real honour that so many people like the house.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      The gingerbread house with the new version of the roof contains about 1500 bricks.

    ^ Koen even went as far as installing lights in his Gingerbread House to really get into the Christmas mood.

    About LEGO Ideas

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      It’s a difficult question to answer since there are so many good ideas. Three ideas I really like are ‘Pinocchio’ by vedosololego, ‘Willy Wonka’ by Brickproject_7540 and ‘Rolling BB-8’ by mjsmiley and artbot138.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      What attracts me most about LEGO Ideas is that LEGO fans have the chance of turning MOCs into official LEGO sets everyone can enjoy.

      When finishing a MOC I always think: hey, is this something that many other people would like to build as well? If yes, can the majority of the people build it? Some designs are pretty complex to build. And is it possible for LEGO to produce it as a set? Considering licenses, the scale of the build and the building techniques involved. If I think I can answer the questions with a ‘yes’ I place the model on LEGO Ideas.

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Jessica Russell of the Fossil Museum

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    Here on the LEGO® Ideas team we are constantly being amazed by the LEGO® models that our members create and submit. Every year, out of the thousands of projects that are submitted, only a handful of them however manage to achieve the all important milestone of 10,000 supporters that moves their project into the LEGO Review, where models are presented to the LEGO Ideas Review Board to determine their suitability as actual LEGO sets.

    In the lead up to the LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Results this fall, we would however like to do something new by taking some time to celebrate and highlight each member who, through a lot of hard work and determination, managed to gather the necessary supports for their projects to be considered in this review round.

    Today, we would like you all to meet Jessica Russell, better known as whatpumpkin on LEGO Ideas, the fan designer behind Fossil Museum. Learn a little more about Jessica, her project and her motivations.

    Help us congratulate Jessica on becoming a part of the LEGO Ideas 10K Club!

      

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I’m from Minnesota, in the United States.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I am 21 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      What I do for a living is slam frozen meat patties into a terrifying clamshell grill. However, in my free time, I do a lot of reading and research about dinosaurs.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      I draw and write, and play role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons with my friends.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      My father gave my siblings and I some LEGO from his childhood when we were very young, which I suppose was where it started. However, what hooked me was two things, both of which came about in 2001: the LEGO Dinosaurs line, and the LEGO Bionicle line.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      I am completely enamored of the Lunar Limo. Its design is fantastic, breaking out of sleek, futuristic spaceship designs to instead make an absolutely ludicrous space mob boss limo, complete with red velvet interior. Its color scheme is attractive, its silhouette is memorable, and Brick Daddy is quite possibly the best minifigure ever created.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      As someone who builds primarily with LEGO Technic pieces, part 41677 has been invaluable to me. It is a true friend.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      I have many friends who build with LEGO who have each been an inspiration to me, but one of the most influential has been Patrick Biggs. He has a good eye for color, shape, and character.

     

    1.  Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I frequent BZPower, though my activity there has waned. Most of the influential builders I know I met through there.

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I have had a scientific interest in dinosaurs since I was young, first watching the original Walking With Dinosaurs series. As such, I wanted to make a LEGO Ideas project that could showcase dinosaurs without relying on something like Jurassic Park, which would necessitate a sacrifice of scientific integrity, and instead could focus on accurately capturing their forms.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      As it turns out, skeletons are rather difficult to render in LEGO. In general, LEGO leans towards large shapes, rather than the small, slender bones I needed. I ended up using a lot of weird pieces to try and accomplish something approximately what I was going for, and I know in the end it’s definitely not up to LEGO’s standards of stability.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      I had the original complete in a few non-consecutive night’s work. After that, however, I continued to refine and tweak it when the urge struck, as the first pass at a design is rarely its finest.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      Honestly? It felt incredible. I was convinced several times that I was just dreaming an impossible dream. To have 10,000 people believe in my project, to believe in me… it’s an indescribable feeling.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      According to LDD, the final model uses exactly 668 bricks.

     

    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      First of all, believe in your project, and by extension, yourself. It’s cheesy, yes, but also incredibly true.

      For more down-to-earth advice, put in the work. Do what it takes to make something noteworthy. You don’t need to make something perfect right away, but it should be enough to make someone stop and want to take a closer look. If you’re trying to recreate something, do your research. Make sure your model looks like what it’s supposed to be. Push yourself and the bricks to their limits to make something incredible.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      As far as officially produced projects go, I am partial to WALL•E; that movie was a favorite of mine when I was younger.

      There have been many non-produced projects I quite enjoyed as well, especially the stranger ones that I knew would never be produced, but wished whole-heartedly could be. There was a strange mechanical-looking flying centipede that was built around a train track element, for example. It was beautifully strange.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      LEGO Ideas is an excellent tool with which to get something rendered as an official LEGO set that otherwise might never have been made. It’s resulted in such a fantastic outpour of ideas and concepts, ranging from the nostalgic to the esoteric, that otherwise may never have even been dreamed of as LEGO products.

      As for tips for uploading an idea, the most important tip is to make sure that your Idea is something you believe in. So long as it’s something you enjoy, something you want to see, that is enough. If enough share your vision, you may succeed. If not, there is never any shame in pursuing your passion.

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  • Update: Making it easier for new members to create an account, and minor TOS change

    We’ve heard from many of you that it’s difficult and confusing for new members to set up an Ideas account. After all, if you found LEGO Ideas after mid-2014, you never had a LEGO CUUSOO account, and the prompts to import one were confusing. Today we updated LEGO Ideas to simplify the sign up process by removing the LEGO CUUSOO account import step:

    • If you visit LEGO Ideas without a LEGO ID, you’ll go through the standard LEGO ID process, accept our Terms of Service, and confirm your email address.
    • If you arrive at LEGO Ideas already signed into your LEGO ID, you’ll only need to accept our terms and confirm your email.


    Now it will be simpler and less confusing for new guests to create a profile and support your projects. Since the LEGO CUUSOO community closed over two years ago, any projects carried over have since expired on LEGO Ideas, and it makes sense to remove the import functionality.

    We’ve also made a minor update to the Terms of Service under III. (iii.) Taxes with specific language about how tax will be handled for any royalty payments, as well as a short reference to this section in the Prizes and Rewards list of our Guidelines.
     

    More updates coming this Fall
    Look forward to two more updates this Fall that aim to improve the Ideas online experience based on your survey feedback, our user experience testing, and talking with members at LEGO fan events. We’ll communicate more as these updates are ready.

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  • What time is it? It’s LEGO® Adventure Time!

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    We simply can’t contain ourselves anymore! We’re extremely excited to be able to share with you official details of the upcoming LEGO Ideas 21308 Adventure Time set. In fact, we’re so excited that we’re giving you all a peek at the official product image well in advance of the 1st of January, 2017 official launch of this set.  

    Here is the official product description:

    Build LEGO® brick versions of eight of your favorite Adventure Time characters and role-play scenes from the awesome Cartoon Network show. This set includes Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Gunter and Ice King. Use the included accessories to create your own stories and make every day a fun adventure!

    Fan designer, Ludovic, shares his experiences:

    Originally designed by LEGO Ideas member Ludovic Piraud, better known to some in the fan community as aBetterMonkey, Ludovic experienced watching Adventure Time as "a good way to escape the routine after a hard day at work and to recharge the batteries". 

    "The appeal for adult viewers like me I think comes from how it taps into the nostalgia of childhood play fantasies where imagination goes wild. As does playing with LEGO bricks, as a matter of fact", Ludovic goes on to tell about his interest in Adventure Time.

    When asked how it felt once he learned his project had gained 10,000 supporters and later was selected to become one of the next official LEGO Ideas sets, Ludovic explained "It felt unreal. I didn't think at first that what started as a fun little challenging pet project would receive so much support so fast. I was even afraid at some point that I would not have the time to submit the last update before the 10000th vote hit! That was really thrilling and I started to think that I may have a chance to tell my kids one day "See this LEGO set? Your dad made it!". Now that it's passed the LEGO review we know it's going to happen and that makes me very, very happy."

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    21308 Adventure Time contains 495 bricks and will be available to purchase on the 1st of January, 2017 for a recommended retail price of USD 49.99. 

    Keep an eye on the LEGO Ideas blog for more details, closer to the launch date.

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